Busselton Bowling Club was awarded a $4000 sports grant from Community TAB as one of two groups to receive a grant this month, selected from over 400 sporting clubs that applied from around WA.
Community TAB has been awarding at least one grant each month to a local sporting club as part of an ongoing commitment to giving back to the WA community by supporting sport and recreation in WA.
Busselton Bowling Club Vice President and Coach Helen Paganoni said being awarded a Community TAB grant is a significant achievement for the Busselton Bowling Club.
“The club has been supported by local sponsors for competition and usually our volunteers work long hours to raise funds for its capital needs, so receiving this grant is recognition for a motivated group of people who proudly maintain 24 rinks on grass greens which parallel the best in Australia, and clubhouse facilities that can cater for small to large groups at any one time,” Mrs Paganoni said.
“With the advantage of a central location, the club has found it has become a popular venue for casual bowling, as well as spring and summer Corporate Bowls programmes and players of all ages are keen to participate. Up to a dozen new players come to learn the game each year, and being a tourist destination, holiday makers join competitions throughout the year also.
“While the club has a noteworthy record for being competitive and at the top of the League, the everyday bowler can still play to enjoy the game, as many members have a strong attachment to the club which plays an important part in their lives.”
CEO Richard Burt from Racing and Wagering WA (RWWA), which funds the initiative through Community TAB, said RWWA recognises the importance of grassroots sports throughout WA.
“We understand that it takes time and resources to keep a club such as the Busselton Bowling Club running so we are pleased to be giving the opportunity to help relieve this burden on the club,” Mr Burt said.
“RWWA has been supporting the WA sport and recreation industry for many years, providing millions of dollars over 10 years to the Department of Sport and Recreation and more recently, through the Community TAB program in various ways.”
Community TAB has been giving back to the WA community since 2014 through major partnerships, state-wide fundraising programs and sponsorship of prestigious events.
Sporting clubs can apply for a grant at communitytab.com.au. Terms and Conditions apply